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Birthday Celebrations in China: A Different Ball Game

Apr 16, 2014 Comments(1)

Birthday celebrations, and indeed key age milestones in one’s life, differ greatly between China and the West, as one writer recently discovered whilst attending an extravagant tenth birthday party. ... Read More>>

Survival of the Fittest: The Difficulties of Finding a Job as a Foreigner Hot

Apr 14, 2014 Comments(26)

Newcomers to China are not having the easy and relaxed job-finding experience that they may have heard of. Times are changing in China, and although there is still an abundance of work to be found for foreigners in some sectors, the overall experience may ...... Read More>>

Where Common Chinese Food Condiments Actually Come From

Apr 12, 2014 Comments(2)

We are all aware of the different components of Chinese food but we may not have questioned where they come from -- until now. Let’s take a look at the origin and background of some of China’s favorite food condiments. ... Read More>>

Interview: Tom Carter, Editor of “Unsavory Elements”, Talks About Life in China

Apr 09, 2014 Comments(7)

China can be a treasure trove of opportunities and experiences. No-one knows that better than Tom Carter, editor of “Unsavory Elements” – an anthology of vivid stories and essays by various writers. In this exclusive interview, we grilled him with ten ...... Read More>>

Planning a Wedding in China: Bride-to-be Shares Her Experiences

Apr 07, 2014 Comments(6)

Planning a wedding in China is a big undertaking with a lofty price tag. This article aims to impart some knowledge that may be of value to anyone with Chinese nuptials in their future. Let’s take a look at the steps, challenges and costs of the wedding ...... Read More>>

Making Travelling Part of the Adventure: Sleeper Buses in China

Apr 05, 2014 Comments(14)

When travelling across China the places you see may, and most likely will, thrill you. But sometimes the very means of transportation can open the door into a new world. Besides the conventional (and by now probably taken for granted) ways to travel, there ...... Read More>>

Vacuum-Packed Curiosity: Taste Testing Chinese Snacks You’re Too Afraid to

Apr 01, 2014 Comments(10)

Roaming around a Chinese supermarket can be an exciting adventure with lots of interesting things to see. But working up the courage to try all of the weird things that you spot is an entirely different story. ... Read More>>

Waiting to Exhale: Guide to Buying Face Masks in China

Mar 29, 2014 Comments(4)

If you look out the window right now and the building across the street is masked by a thick brown haze of pollution, then you might want to reconsider your vow to never EVER wear a ridiculous leopard print, fluffy face mask. ... Read More>>

The Residue of Design: 8 Symbols of Luck and Good Fortune in China

Mar 26, 2014 Comments(1)

Chinese culture certainly has no shortage of symbols of luck and good fortune, many of them stemming from wordplay or riddles. These symbols are easily seen in everyday life, but sometimes their meaning is not easily discernible. Here we take a look at ...... Read More>>

“Naked Resignation”: Following Your Feet Out The Office Hot

Mar 24, 2014 Comments(6)

These days, more and more Chinese men and women are taken part in the new “naked resignation” phenomenon that is the envy of many of their peers. And those that aren’t, are dreaming of it. ... Read More>>

Money and Affection: Understanding the Financial Motives Behind Chinese Relationships Hot

Mar 22, 2014 Comments(24)

To many expat observers, money seems to be at the heart of Chinese affection. Scarcely a day goes by without tell of a relationship driven by money; a woman refusing to marry a man because he doesn't own his own apartment, a business contract that fell ...... Read More>>

China through a Filter: Best Instagramers to Follow

Mar 19, 2014 Comments(1)

Along with the app rising in popularity amongst expats living in China, there are also some amazing local artists with accounts worth following. This is our selection of the best Instagramers to follow – so get your smartphones out.... Read More>>

Those Three Little Words: Expressing Love in China

Mar 17, 2014 Comments(5)

The way that people express love in China is an ever changing dynamic steeped in history and molded by time and modernity. Going from Confucianism to the Cultural Revolution to the Global Village, we take a look at love in the time of globalization. ... Read More>>

Noodles or Pasta? Examining China’s Claimed“Food Inventions”

Mar 15, 2014 Comments(16)

The Chinese have been credited with inventing a vast number of things including gunpowder, paper and the compass, to name but a few. But have they been as innovative when it comes to food? We've lined up a couple of our favourite Chinese dishes—plus an ...... Read More>>

You’ll Never Walk Alone: Owning Pets in China

Mar 12, 2014 Comments(2)

Resorting to a pet or two can relieve the loneliness of many expats living overseas. Owning pets in China comes with certain difficulties though with with proper research, it might be your best decision yet. ... Read More>>

Problems Facing the Development of China’s Ecotourism Industry

Mar 11, 2014 Comments(3)

Ecotourism is defined as "Responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people." But does this define the situation of China’s ecotourism industry today? ... Read More>>

Fly the Coop: Understanding H7N9 Bird Flu

Mar 10, 2014 Comments(0)

Well folks, it’s that time of year again. Bird flu is back in full swing. Just when we thought we had enough to worry about with the toxic air and tainted food, we get a fresh slap in the face from our old friend, H7N9. In this article, we’ll get the ...... Read More>>

A Unique Tradition of Imitation: Copy-Cat Art in China

Mar 05, 2014 Comments(3)

There is little doubt that the technical abilities of artists in China are superior in quality. Thousands of years of craftsmanship and calligraphy have built a friendly, accepting environment for artists. However, recently its tradition of imitation is ...... Read More>>

China Goes Soft: Understanding China’s Use of Soft Power

Mar 03, 2014 Comments(12)

The Chinese are coming, the Chinese are coming. The Chinese are coming to a theater near you. As China’s economy and exchanges with the world have seen rapid growth over the last three decades, there has also been a growth of China using its soft power.... Read More>>

(Mind-Blowing) Words of Wisdom - Life Advice from a China Expat Sage Hot

Mar 01, 2014 Comments(20)

Over its millennia of history the Chinese language has accrued a vast array of chengyus and proverbs, written down by Confucian scholars, Buddhist monks, warrior generals and even emperors, pontificating on everything from sex, drugs and rock 'n roll, to ...... Read More>>

Getting Over the Hump: Chinese Study Tools and Aids

Feb 26, 2014 Comments(2)

During the Chinese learning process there are definitely ups and downs. Here is a list of TV shows, films and blogs for when you want to step away from the books that will help take your Chinese from OK to good, or good to great.... Read More>>

Feminism in China: Past, Present and Future Hot

Feb 24, 2014 Comments(22)

It can be said that modern Chinese feminism was born in the struggle for national independence. However, although gender equality is a vital aspect in the struggle for socialism, there is still not equality of the sexes. ... Read More>>

The 10 Commandments of Bargain Hunting in China Hot

Feb 22, 2014 Comments(10)

Shopping—sometimes it seems like China's national past-time. Expats are no strangers to the lure of the bargain either. But, when shopping in China, getting the oh-so-coveted "Chinese Price" (the same price locals pay) can be difficult to pull ...... Read More>>

Creative Crops: Urban Farming in China

Feb 19, 2014 Comments(4)

The want of a little extra cash, concern over food scandals and the desire for a more beautiful living space has lead to growth of urban farming in China and the emergence of rooftop gardening. ... Read More>>

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